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I've been to Flatbush Farm for drinks and some small plates but I had never been for a full dinner. What a treat

We started with the pizza with sheep's milk ricotta and figs. This was delicious and comforting. I loved that the cheese had a very slight tartness to it. We also had the rich (though slightly undersalted) pork belly. Hearty and perfect for a colder night.

The real treat though was the heirloom bean dish. I have had plenty of meat dishes less rich than this and if there was ever an ideal veggie dish for carnivores, this is it! The beans seemed to have been stewed but still maintained their texture and the harissa deepened the flavors in a really nice way.

We had beer with our meal but the wine list looked good. Any experiences with the wines there?

JeremyEG

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Flatbush Farm
76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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  1. haven't been going there for sometime as we're not really fans anymore, but the wines were always decent, just served in (sometimes dirty) water glasses. If you like the food, then I'm sure you can find a worthwhile wine to go with it, you just may have more luck asking a server on the dining room side for help choosing one than on the bar side.

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    1. re: ginsbera

      I posted about this a while ago.... had a really bad experience with wine rec at Flatbush Farm. I asked for a deep red, something with a lot of body to go with the duck. I got a light, tannic organic red that was extremely unpleasant. I would have said something to the server, but that was the last time anyone visited our table until we were finally able to get the bill. No one came by to check on our food or wine, which was too bad because the beans (in the heirloom salad) were undercooked and my wine was undrinkable.

      Not sure if it was just an off night, but I would not trust the wine recommendations at this place if I ever go back, which I probably won't.

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      Flatbush Farm
      76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

    2. Just wondering, is the original review actually for the nearby Franny's? To my knowledge, Flatbush Farm does not serve pizza, and "small plates," "heirloom bean dish" makes me think of the Franny's menu, not FF.

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      Flatbush Farm
      76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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      1. re: Mandymac

        That's pretty funny... I didn't even think of that. When I was there I didn't notice any pizzas on the menu, but I figured there might be more casual stuff on the bar side. There was an heirloom bean salad on the entree menu though. Maybe the OP will clarify.

        1. re: chorosch

          Ha, great point Mandymac. Although I do know Flatbush Farm was in the midst of looking for a new head chef. Did that ever go through? Perhaps the new guy/girl decided to add a pizza to the menu.

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          Flatbush Farm
          76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

        2. re: Mandymac

          Hey there,
          Yes, special app that night was a pizza (more like a flatbread) with the sheep's milk ricotta. The bean dish is an entree and was still on the menu last time I checked. I love Franny's though!
          JeremyEG

        3. About 4 months back I had an unpleasant experience at the adjoining bar (which is also owned by Flatbush Farms.) My GF ordered a gin martini and I ordered a vodka one. While hers was made correctly, mine tasted of gin. Not 100% gin. It was more like what you'd get if you made the 2nd drink using a shaker that had just been used to make a gin martini.

          In this case I had watched the drinks being made and 2 separate shakers were used. Under the circumstances I thought that maybe my judgment was off so I had the other 3 people in my party taste the drink. All of them noticed the gin taste.

          I called the bartender over and explained the situation. I got some medium level attitude in response but he made a 2nd drink. Same result - there was a gin aftertaste. Again I confirmed the result by letting others in my group sample the drink.

          The liquid level in the glass was now down by 5% and I just left it on the bar. The bartender made a point of ignoring the almost full glass and never asked what the problem was. He spent the next 15 minutes down at the other end of the bar polishing glasses and doing everything possible to put as much space between himself and my group. I paid for the drink, didn't tip, and left. I've got no plans to go back.

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          Flatbush Farm
          76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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          1. re: Bob Martinez

            "...Under the circumstances I thought that maybe my judgment was off". Hey, it wouldnt be the first time that happened. :-)

            However, as it were, your drinks (1st and 2nd) definitely had gin. As a matter of fact, you understated what happened... he argued about the 1st glass not having gin. I mentioned to him that, perhaps, he should taste what was in the glass, as I had just done. I hate gin. I dont drink gin because I hate gin & boy did I taste the gin in your glass. The bartender couldn't have cared less. He then angrily poured out the glass without tasting it, then took another glass and made your 2nd drink using the 1st shaker. Never smelled the shaker, never asked how it was, saw you leave it and never tasted it to confirm, and took your money. We aint going back either!

            1. re: Steve R

              You've succeeded in resurrecting all those unpleasant details that I had blotted out. Well, it's worth it if it alerts people to the way FF does business.

          2. I've never been able to bring myself to go there because I hate the restaurant's name. Stupid reason maybe, but I think it's one of the more pointless and least euphonic restaurant names I've ever seen. Not appealing in the least.

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            1. re: buttertart

              ditto - plus their posted menu has been (maybe still is) totally unreadable, even with my best nose to the glass squint. Very bad marketing.

              1. re: jen kalb

                In general, this place reminds me of all the "luxury" buildings being thrown up in Brooklyn. They seem to think that anything half decent will be gobbled up for top dollar. Meh. They need to work a little harder if I'm going to spend $150 on dinner for two.

                1. re: chorosch

                  the only thing I have consistently enjoyed here is the French Dip. It is quite good, and since you can't get it anywhere else in the nabe it may be worth trying.

            2. I was a fan of Bistro St. Marks and was disappointed (although not exactly surprised) when it closed.) We gave Flatbush Farm a try a few years back. I remember it being an incredibly mediocre meal, although one thing really stuck out in my mind. Much of the food was way oversalted. There was a chicken dish which seriously tasted like a salt lick.

              That, coupled with indifferent service, and my wife and I have never gone back.

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              Flatbush Farm
              76 Saint Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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              1. re: elecsheep9

                Has the Bistro owner ever surfaced with a new enterprise? That was really a pioneer in fine food at a good price point in the neighborhood - it was our go to place for a good meal and a real loss when it closed.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  I've wondered this as well, we really enjoyed Bistro St Marks.

                  1. re: buttertart

                    actually I nosed around online after that post and think he (Dominique) is wine director of a string of manhattan french bistros these days.It was great while it lasted here.

                  2. re: jen kalb

                    We enjoyed Bistro St. Marks, too and ate there often. We felt bad for Dominique.

                    Flatbush Farm we do not care for. In the very beginning we had friendly service a couple of times and the food was pretty good, but soon all that changed. The nice waiter was gone and both the attitude and the quality of the food went downhill.

                    Also, we thought it was pretty bad that they used those tiny water glasses as wine glasses. That really did not make us want to use any money on their wines. Not that their wine selection was that good anyway.

                    1. re: FoodWine

                      I used to just write the bad service off thinking it was okay since I always ate on the bar side and was never in a rush. Then after awhile I started to see that it was just a lax attitude by everyone at the restaurant, almost as if they didn't even bother to show how little they cared...The last straw was waiting 20 minutes without a waiter, busboy, bartender, anyone coming to our table to take our order or even give us water, this was around 8pm on a weekday so not a slammed night by any means. After that I've never been back, this was about 6 months ago.